Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by philanthropist and chair of the museum’s Board of Directors, Alice Walton. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on 11-11-11. The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Working Hour: Saturday, Sunday, Monday: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 A.M. – 9 P.M. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.